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A cairn commemorates Cecil Madigan's  1939 crossing of the Simpson Desert.

The Simpson is a sand-ridge desert extending 322 kilometres west to east, the ridges running parallel from north to south at roughly 0.4 kilometre intervals, some reaching as high as 30 metres.

Madigan planned a ground crossing in the winter of 1939. A party of nine, including a biologist, a botanist, a photographer and a radio operator, with nineteen camels, made the exhausting crossing from Andado station in the Northern Territory to Birdsville in twenty-five days. It verified Madigan`s previous conclusions that the area was a wasteland.

This last classic Australian exploration adventure pioneered the use of mobile radio communication; national broadcasts were made through the Australian Broadcasting Commission from desert camps.


Address:Adelaide Street, Birdsville, 4482
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.899241
Long: 139.351496
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1939
Approx. Event End Date:1939


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1962
Source: MA,ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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